2020/21 NSW Shark Program

The NSW Government will spend $8 million in 2020/21 on a new strategy to protect beachgoers from sharks.

This is the biggest annual expenditure on beachgoer safety in relation to shark encounters at NSW beaches in the history of the NSW Government, following the conclusion of the $16 million, five-year Shark Management Strategy.

The 2020/21 NSW Shark Program includes:

  • Drone surveillance at 34 key swimming locations
  • 35 SMART drumlines in high risk locations on the North Coast
  • 21 VR4G listening stations along the NSW coastline
  • The continuation of the Shark Meshing Bather Protection program, which has run since 1937, at 51 beaches between Newcastle and Wollongong
  • Community awareness and education programs

View the 2020/21 NSW Shark Program (PDF, 1805.04 KB)

Shark Activity Map


As part of the 2020/21 NSW Shark Program, Surf Life Saving NSW is undertaking drone surveillance at 34 key swimming locations on the NSW coastline Locations
Drone pilot

A virtual excursion like no other, NSW students were transported live from their classrooms to North Coast Beaches to learn more about the latest DPI research on sharks. Watch the video
Students look on as an expert explains shark behaviour
Shark strategy illustration

The NSW Government is continuing its efforts to increase its knowledge about the movement and ecology of White, Tiger, and Bull sharks, and trials of technologies to reduce the risk of shark bites at our beaches.

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Shark Strategy Graphic

NSW is leading the world in trials of SMART Drumlines, which are both a shark mitigation tool and a research tool that reduce the risk of interactions with sharks while minimising the impact on marine species.

SMART Drumlines
SMART Drumline Diagram

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